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ERIC Number: EJ829713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Teacher Transformation in the National Writing Project
Whitney, Anne
Research in the Teaching of English, v43 n2 p144-187 Nov 2008
Teachers who have participated in Summer Institutes of the National Writing Project (NWP) have often claimed "it changed my life." What do teachers mean when they say this? What does it mean to "transform" in a professional development setting, and what might researchers and professional development providers gain from an understanding of teacher transformation as a kind of teacher learning? And how, if at all, does the writing that teachers engage in at the Summer Institute matter for transformation? This article addresses such questions through a study of teacher participants in one NWP Summer Institute involving analysis of interview, observation, and textual data. The author offers a model of teacher transformation that highlights the influence of writing groups and feedback. (Contains 1 figure, 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California